- to cause disorder or turmoil in: The news disrupted their conference.
- to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt: Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
- to break apart: to disrupt a connection.
- Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market: It’s time to disrupt your old business model.
- broken apart; disrupted.
Origin of disrupt
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- (tr) to throw into turmoil or disorder
- (tr) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
- to break or split (something) apart
Word Origin for disrupt
C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + rumpere to burst
1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper